|General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping and Chairwoman of the Việt Nam National Assembly Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân perform the symbolic ’handing over of the key’ ceremony to inaugurate the Việt Nam – China Friendship Palace yesterday in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức|
The ceremony formed part of the Chinese leader’s two-day State visit to Việt Nam from November 12.
The Việt Nam – China Friendship Palace is located at No. 188 Lê Quang Đạo street in Nam Từ Liêm District. It was built with non-refundable aid from the Chinese Government and Việt Nam government’s corresponding capital.
With both its interior and exterior design inspired by the shape of the lotus flower, the 14,000 sq.m palace will serve as a venue for cultural, art and people-to-people exchange activities between the two countries, as well as conferences and meetings.
On the occasion, the Vietnamese and Chinese leaders also inaugurated a Chinese Cultural Centre in Hà Nội. Following the ceremony, Xi and Ngân met with delegates of the Việt Nam – China People’s Forum and a number of intellectuals with outstanding contributions to the growth of ties between the two neighbouring countries. — VNS